Friday, April 22, 2022

Song of the Day: 'House That Sailed Away' by the Pillow Queens

I just noticed the long-awaited third season of "Derry Girls" is finally on Netflix, so what could be more fitting than discovering this all-female indie Irish band the same day?  

Selling out shows in Dublin by the late 2010s, Ireland's Pillow Queens had honed their moody, muscular indie rock sound and searching lyrical style by the time they recorded their debut album, 2020's "In Waiting." The more introspective "Leave the Light On" followed in 2022. 

Formed in Dublin in 2016, Pillow Queens is led by singer / guitarist /bassists Pamela Connolly and Sarah Corcoran, who rounded the lineup with lead guitarist Cathy McGuinness and drummer Rachel Lyons. 

Their brief 2016 debut EP, "Calm Girls," led to a record deal with Bristol-based Specialist Subject Records. The band's 2018 single "Favorite" was picked up by BBC Radio 1 and stations across Ireland, resulting in a pair of successful U.K. tours, opening slots for the likes of Idles, Pussy Riot, and Future Islands, and sold-out hometown shows. 
From Wikipedia: 
The band has been praised for their lyrical content, which often reckons with an Irish Catholic upbringing mixed with the band members themselves being openly LGBT. 

NME noted that the band "explore the intersection of religion and queerness,: while The Guardian noted that the band "acknowledges the psychological challenge of adapting to even positive social change after a lifetime conditioned in its opposite."
I'm just digging in -- send recommendations if you're a fan -- but this song from the new album jumped out at me. 

P.S. The gals were recently on "The Late Late Show With James Corden," performing "Hearts & Minds" from their new album "Leave the Light On"!

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